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5 Meals with Chayote also known as Mirliton

5 meals with Chayote also known as Mirliton

Creating 5 meals with chayote can be fun. Chayote is considered a fruit. I can be eaten both raw and cooked. Chayote, pronounced [chah-YOH-teh] is known by many names: chocho, choko, christophene, christophine, mirliton, and so many other names.

The whole plant including the fruit, stem, and leaves contains multiple nutrients and has anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in the treatment of high-blood pressure, kidney stones, and indigestion. Chayote can also help support weight loss efforts, as it is low in calories and fibrous.

 

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Chayote

Sometimes referred to a vegetable pear, its squash like fruit has a slightly crisp texture similar to an apple and also has a mild flavor that is revived with fresh cooking herbs. It is seen in two forms, smooth and prickly. Chayote is very common in the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and United Sates.Chayote is very low in calories and contains moderate levels of potassium. It also contains an adequate moderate levels potassium and is high in fiber and aids in weight loss. 

Roasted Chayote

Baked Chayote with Crabmeat

Chayote au Gratin

Eggplant and Chayote Meatless Stew

Sauteed Chayote

Chayote Salad

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Chayote meals

Chayote meals

Roasted Chayote or Roasted Mirliton

  • 2 chayotes or cho cho or mirliton
  • 1 large shallot sliced thin (or a small red onion)
  • 2 teaspoons of Italian seasonings or dried fine herbs
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-tablespoon Grape seed oil or Olive oil, more if needed
  • Parchment paper

Chayote au Gratin

  • 4 chayote, peeled, core removed, and cut into 1/2 to 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup cooked ham or low sodium turkey spam cut in small cubes
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme, leaves only and chopped
  • oil for frying
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup grated cheese – asiago, gruyere, or parmesan
  • Bread crumbs for topping
  • Additional butter and grated cheese for topping

Sauteed Chayote

  • 2 chayote/christophine/chocho or mirliton
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive oil, grapeseed oil or coconut oil)
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Bacon or prosciutto, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chives or parsley to decorate
  • Lemon zest, optional

Baked Chayote (Mirliton) Stuffed with Crabmeat

  • 2 chayote (mirlitons)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil/grapeseed or coconut oil
  • 1 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 basil lead, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • ½ pound crabmeat
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs, plus additional for sprinkling
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Eggplant and Chayote Meatless Stew

  • 2 pounds eggplant, cut into cubes
  • 2 medium chayote, cut in cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups onions, finely sliced
  • 1 cup red bell peppers, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice (fresh lemon or lime juice)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup watercress, cleaned, rinsed and chopped

Chayote Salad

  • 2 chayote
  • For the Vinaigrette:
    1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white vinegar or rice vinegar
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 shallot, chopped finely
    1 whole garlic, crushed/chopped finely
    2 scallions, sliced thin
    Season with salt and pepper

Planning and Cooking Tips

  • Most meals are usually for 4 – 6 people. Adjust as needed. 
  • Use either Italian seasoning, Herbes de Provence, Mrs. Dash original or your own blend of fine herbs to cook your veggies.
  • Best to wear gloves when peeling chayote.  
  • Chayote contains lots of water. Do not overcook them as they are best enjoyed when they’re a bit crunchy. 
  • For the crabmeat, avoid imitation crabmeat. Best to use real crabmeat.
  • If you find white colored chayote, you can buy them also. Same taste, same texture, different color.
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